#PAINTSMART

Having just freshened up your outdoor furniture, repainted the walls or finished another project, you may not feel like dealing with the issue of what to do with leftover paint. There is too little paint left to start a new project, it cannot be poured down the drain, and if the paint is not stored properly, its shelf life is very short.

On the other hand, this is an excellent opportunity to roll up your sleeves again and venture on a new creative enterprise which may not have been originally planned. Make sure the paint ends up where it was meant to. To find detailed tips, tricks and ideas, explore the topics below.

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HOW MUCH PAINT DO I REALLY NEED?

What paint should I choose? How much paint do I need? What about the bathroom? And the wooden fence in the garden? Avoid frustration in the shopping aisles and plan your purchase before going to the store. The first step to reducing paint leftovers is good planning, so double check your estimates with an online calculator.

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SAVE ENOUGH FOR MINOR TOUCH-UPS

Key marks, shoe prints, scratches, discolorations, scuffs or stains. If a touch-up is all you want, there is no need to go out and hunt down the exact same shade of paint. If you have some paint stored from the last paint job, all you need is a quick trip to your storage room or garage. But how can you make paint on a shelf last as long as possible?

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FIND INSPIRATION IN THE LIBRARY OF IDEAS

With a little creativity, you can find some use for even the smallest amounts of paint. You could paint the back of a bookcase, the legs of your dining chairs or bedside table, flower pots, or use various patterns or textures to liven up a small section of the wall or an old piece of furniture. Explore our library of ideas and plan your next feat of creativity.

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PAINT IF FORWARD, DONATE YOUR LEFTOVERS

Why save large quantities of paint if you know it is unlikely to be used in the following months? This only extends its storage time until the paint is no longer usable and has to be discarded. Pass it on as a gift! But to whom?

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WHAT TO DO WITH WASTE PAINT?

Old paint which can no longer be used or donated should be taken to a collection point for hazardous waste. You can also wait for the next scheduled hazardous waste collection in your town. But how can one tell if paint is really no longer fit for use? What signs should you watch out for when you find old leftovers of paint on the shelf?

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